Last sunday at church we were reminded to dream. To dream those dreams that God instills in each of us individually & to let God breathe life on those dreams, being reminded how dreaming big honors God. After a couple of weeks going mad with the job hunt and the feeling of restlessness, we decided it was time to take action again – after all we always take pride in being not only dreamers, but doers. So over tea and carrot cake, we made a plan, a plan to take action. We woke up bright and early (does 8 am qualify as bright and early?) determined to get our website updated & rid ourselves of the neglect we’ve sadly given to it lately. We found inspiration yesterday in newly bought notebooks and a spotting of a Starbucks cup. You read that right, a Starbucks cup! We had thought that Starbucks was no where to be found in Galway! We have never been so happy to be wrong. The University has a small Starbucks stand in its cafeteria and we were determined to find it. As you might have guessed, we were successful in finding the Starbucks, because these two girls were desperately (3 weeks worth) deprived & while it may not be as good as our baristas at home used to make them, it was something. And often times, those little somethings mean a great deal.
We’ve shared the struggled of this job hunt, but one of the hardest parts of living your life through online applications is what it does to motivation. Probably not for all, but certainly for us, it completely zapped us of it. All motivation & productivity was being poured into a one-sided conversation of applying to job after job, that by the time the final ‘apply’ button was clicked, it felt like all motivation & productivity was drained, leaving us both feeling empty and with sparse dreams (& this is when the appeal of Netflix becomes dangerous). So after that message & reminder this weekend at church, we both decided we needed perspective to slap each of us the face, calling us out of this rut we’ve dug for ourselves, and commit new purpose & perspective to this season of unemployment.
With Starbucks now on our side, we set out to make some changes. And these changes are coming. This blog has turned into such a fun way for us to both express this adventure and to document it, sharing it with anyone & everyone who will read it – even if that means just our families. Because, as we’ve said before, we want to share this life with you. And so we call out, asking you what you want to know, what you want to hear about, & how we can do life alongside you from thousands of miles away. It may be big or it may be small, but this blog is about more than the two of us.
But for now, we keep the changes coming, living with the renewed ‘live the dream’ perspective & lifestyle, we’ve decided its time to add a little music to this shindig – so we’re trying something new, introducing to you, the beat of the week. A way to express in music what we’re feeling and encourage you to join along – because this week we choose to dance in the kitchen (Meredith and Christina style for all you Grey’s Anatomy fans), learning to fight back with joy, & we ask you to do the same. For all the highs and lows this week is bound to bring – turn up the speakers and simply let loose as if you were at the final dance in Footloose.. & there’s no better way to do so than with some T-Swift..
Bear with us, we promise it won’t always take an extra click.. We’re saving for premium (perks of the unemployed life)